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Quick hits from Ridley media call

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Running back Stevan Ridley held a conference call with reporters after he was selected by the Patriots with the 73rd overall selection. A few highlights:

Needs to improve blocking. While Ridley said that he considers himself as a "downhill-runner who will fight for the tough yards," he said he needs to improve his blocking technique. "I just have to go in there and be ready to improve as a player and focus on what these coaches want to teach me and I think I'll be okay at the end of the year," he said.

Familiarity with Shane Vereen. Ridley will join second-round Patriots draft choice Shane Vereen in the Patriots backfield. Ridley said he met Vereen at the Combine in February. "Shane's a hard worker, he's a very humble guy, and he's a great player. We're going to go in there and try to learn and develop together and help each other out," Ridley said.

Finishing games a strength. Ridley said that finishing games strong is among his greatest strengths as a player. "I think I get stronger as the game goes on," Ridley said.

Kevin Faulk connection. Current Patriots running back and impending free agent Kevin Faulk was a record-setting running back at LSU. Ridley said that he has met Faulk "two or three times" but does not know him on a personal level.